Britons with loved ones in Gaza say they are “drowning in grief” as Israeli airstrikes continue.
Five British Palestinians told a news conference in London that they had lost a total of 86 members of their extended family.
Mother-of-two Wafaa Shamallakh, 37, said her uncle’s family of 10, including a two-year-old boy, said three distant cousins died in an airstrike yesterday.
But her worst day of the war was October 8, when her uncle’s family of ten “was wiped out in seconds,” including the two-year-old infant Omar.
Fighting back tears, Wafaa said: “What words can I use to describe the sorrow and anguish in which we are all drowning?
“We had Omar’s baby shower a few months ago.
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“The only reconciliation is that he was found in his mother’s arms. She hugged him gently until his last breath. Mother’s love.”
Accountant Omar Mofeed said 40 members of his family had died, including retired judge Fatima Mokhallai, 75.
He said she and her husband Najar were killed when a rocket hit their home while they were sleeping.
Yasmine Ahmed of Human Rights Watch condemned Hamas for its massacre of Jews on October 7 and called for the perpetrators to be prosecuted.
But she accused Israel of “war crimes” over its attacks on Gaza.